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Facebook Continues Surveillance Behavior – Project Atlas

By Patrick | January 31, 2019

More news this week of Facebook continuing its data collection and surveillance practices.

Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 per month plus referral fees to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app. Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history page. The program is administered through beta testing services Applause, BetaBound and uTest to cloak Facebook’s involvement, and is referred to in some documentation as “Project Atlas” — a fitting name for Facebook’s effort to map new trends and rivals around the globe.

Facebook admitted to this behavior and Apple has stated Facebook was in direct violation of their Enterprise agreement and policies. While the intrusive app has been pulled from the App Store and is no longer available for iOS, the app will continue to be available on Android. While this app, as all others, requires consent and permission from the user, we’ve constantly seen where privacy is quickly traded for money and convenience.

Full TechCrunch article here:
Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

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